Swaps and a Wedding

Well I am continuing to plug away on my swaps and on the wedding that I am working on.  I have to say that since both involve heat embossing, I am very glad that the temperature has dropped a bit.  I do  miss the air conditioning in my Tewksbury Playground!! 100_9467 This is the wedding invitation that I am working on for a customer from Etsy.  It is using the Bells  and Boughs stamp set with the Holly leaf from last year’s catalog.  The holly leaf is stamped and embossed in white on cherry cobbler card stock.  It is layered onto metallic gold card stock.  The invitation itself is printed onto meta 100_9467closeup llic white card stock and layered onto another layer of metallic gold.  I then stamped a holly leaf on a scrap of card stock, colored it with ink and then cut it out.  I colored some pearl jewels red with a sharpie and added those to the center of the holly leaf in place of the berries. I used the retired heart border punch to create a little border along the top of the invite.  I added some of the velvet ribbon that we had in last year’s holiday catalog. 100_9465 The gold leaves are embossed on vellum card stock using gold ink and embossing powder.  These are going on my WOW swap for convention.  The gold leaf is one of the new stamps in the upcoming Fall/Holiday catalog. So this is what my table looks like this afternoon with all of the embossing that I am doing.  Stay tuned for a peak at the WOW card that I am making for one of my convention swaps!!   Thanks for checking things out! signature line-red

Swaps and more swaps!!

This week has been very busy making swaps and working on a wedding as well!  I am getting down to the wire with 100_9464 everything for convention!!  I am so excited!  5 Members of my Stampin’ Up! team are going with me to Salt Lake City next week for Stampin’ Up!’s 25th Anniversary Celebration!!   It will be so much fun!! This is a  card that I designed with the Mosaic Madness stamp set and Quatrafancy designer paper.  I actually made this card in two color combinations since my supply of cardstock is more limited on the Cape.  The first sample is using the new Strawberry Slush paper and ink with pink pirouette on top and the mosaic embossing folder.  Remember that the mosaic punch and stamp set come as a bundled pair! 100_9462 The second card is the same layout but using the Crisp Canteloupe color scheme with Calypso Coral as the backing.   I added a little bling to the cards with rhinestone jewels on the mosaics. For the cutout, I used the labels collection framelits.  The trick to this card is to cut out the top layer with a larger framelits and then emboss the top layer with the mosaic embossing folder.  I then cut a smaller piece of white card stock using the smaller label framelit. I used the new Washi tape along the bottom of the card where I layered the mosaic that I stamped and punched.  The strawberry slush card uses the washi tape from the Gingham garden washi tape.  The calypso/canteloupe card uses the Epic Day washi tape. Last but not least, I used the happy birthday stamp from the new hostess set Express Yourself.  I love all the greetings that this set offers. Enjoy! signature line-red  

Christmas in July!!

First – Happy 4th of July and a huge thank you to all the men and women who fight to keep our country free and Safe!! So yesterday was Christmas in July for me!!  July 1st is the day that we can pre-order all the goodies from the upcoming Holiday catalog!  and yesterday my order came!  Yay!! 100_9411   So here is a quick peak at some of the items in the upcoming catalog!  You will be receiving your’s in the mail mid-July. I absolutely Love the new Christmas papers this year!! and there is a great new snowflake stamp set with a matching frame lit set!  I can’t wait to play around with that! 100_9413   I feel some ideas brewing for convention swaps! Have a great day and enjoy the weather today!   I am off to the beach!   signature line-red

Happy New Year Stampin’ Up!

Well – Happy New Year to all of my Stampin’ Friends!!  July 1st is the beginning of the new year at Stampin’ Up! And of course with any new month there are new specials. First of All:  Designer paper – this is a great time to stock up on the new designs!!


During the month of July purchase 3 packages of designer paper and get one designer paper for FREE!

  • These items don’t qualify for the offer:
    • Designer Series Paper Stacks
    • Specialty Designer Series Paper
  • No limits. Order six? You’ll get two for free. Nine? You’ll get three for free.  Check out the details here.
The July Best of 25 Stamp set is the Best of Shelli.  YOu can see the details here! NA_25Year_Best-of-Stamps_flyers_best-of-SHELLI_NA_TH               Have a great day!!   signature-line-003.jpg

Individual Markers available for new In-colors

Yay!!  Stampin’ Up! heard us and has made select markers in new colors available between now and October 31st!! In the 2013-2014 annual catalog, we offer the Stampin’ Write Marker New Color Kit (item 130034, page 163) to help you update your Many Marvelous Marker pack. Now, we’ve sweetened the deal. For a limited time, from June 26 until October 31, you can buy any of the new colors in the pack or on their own! Go ahead, fill in the missing pieces in your collection or buy the whole lot.
130034 $28.95 Stampin’ Write Marker New Color Kit Bermuda Bay, Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Island Indigo, Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party, Smoky Slate, Soft Sky, Wisteria Wonder
131899  $3.50 Bermuda Bay Stampin’ Write Marker
131265  $3.50 Blushing Bride Stampin’ Write Marker
131902  $3.50 Calypso Coral Stampin’ Write Marker
131901  $3.50 Crushed Curry Stampin’ Write Marker
131905  $3.50 Island Indigo Stampin’ Write Marker
131266  $3.50 Pear Pizzazz Stampin’ Write Marker
131904  $3.50 Pool Party Stampin’ Write Marker
131898  $3.50 Smoky Slate Stampin’ Write Marker
131900  $3.50 Soft Sky Stampin’ Write Marker
131903  $3.50 Wisteria Wonder Stampin’ Write Marker
  I have started an new order which I will be closing on Sunday the 30th.  Just enter the hostess code ZTX476TP on the order screen and your order will ship directly to you!! Enjoy your weekend! signature line-red

Technostamper Challenge 269

Well things are starting to slow down a little for me, if that can ever happen with my life!  LOL.  My son is off to his new adventures in Colorado starting his new job this week.  We will miss him but am so excited that he gets to start this new chapter in life! So I am down on Cape Cod for the summer (minus a couple of trips back to Tewksbury here and there).  But that doesn’t mean that I  am taking the summer off!  I am soooooo looking forward to going to convention with my stampin’ friends in 3 weeks!  Which means that I better get working on swaps! Today I jumped back into Mary Jo’s blog and the Technostamper challenge. TSSC269 100_9405 copy         I used the new designer paper Gingham Garden and the Flower Shop stamp set with the coordinating punch! I love the bright colors of this paper and the great patterns.  Rather than using a ribbon across the middle of the designer paper, I used some of the new washi tape that coordinates with the paper. The background flowers are stamped in daffodil ink.  the main flower is stamped with melon mambo ink and popped out with dimensionals.  Of course I had to add a little something to the center of the flower, so added a rhinestone pearl.  I wish I had the large pearls with me, but alas I don’t.  I can’t bring everything to my temporary stampin’ studio! The Hello Sweet Friend is from the new Six Sided Sampler Set and I used the hexagon punch to punch out the image. Stay tuned, my next Card Kit is going to be using the Flower Shop stamp set with the coordinating punch! This week’s order code is ZTX476TP.  Enter this code at the bottom of the order screen in the hostess code section! Enjoy your day! signature line-red

Another Chalk Talk sample

Here is another 100_9370 card that I made with the Chalk Talk stamp set.  Don’t forget that this stamp set and the framelits can be bundled together for a discount!! The cardstock on this card is Wisteria Wonder and Pool Party with a layer of the AFternoon Picnic designer paper.  I do love this combination of subtle colors!   The tag is stamped with White Craft ink and embossed with white embossing powder.  I then stamped the tag again using wisteria wonder ink on whisper white card stock and cut out just the center tag. This tag is cut out with the framelits dies and layered onto a piece of Wisteria Wonder chevron ribbon. I added a few pearl jewels to the corners to add a little bling to the card. Enjoy! signature line-red  

Chalk Talk Stamp Set

Good Morning! 100_9372 Today I am posting a card that I made with some of the new stamp sets and designer paper from the new catalog!   I love the combination of colors in this card.   This card is made with the Afternoon Picnic designer paper.   The cardstock is Pool Party for the base, with a layer of Wisteria Wonder.  THe tag in the center is So Saffron (my stand-by yellow).   I stamped the tag in Wisteria Wonder ink and cut it out with the Chalk Talk framelits.  The There’s You is stamped in coastal cabana (one of the new in-colors) and punched out with the large oval punch.  Don’t forget that the Chalk Talk stamp set and framelits are a bundled set and there is a discount for ordering the two together (pg. 12).  This is a great versatile set with greetings for any occasion.  Just pair it up with your desired designer paper. Then the corners looked a little bare to me, so I embellished them with the pearl jewels.  You can color the pearls with a sharpie marker – so I made them to  match the so saffron cardstock and added a regular pearl to the center of the Wisteria Wonder tag.  All of this is layered on a piece of the new So Saffron Chevron ribbon! 100_9372_closeup signature line-red   Enjoy this beautiful day!!   Interested in placing an order?  I have an open order that I will be closing tomorrow June 16th.  The hostess code is UCAPRQQP.  Enter this number on the order screen and your order will go into the queue immediately and ship directly to you.  No more waiting for my orders to close and then to ship!!

Quick and Easy Card

Hi all, 100_9381                   This week I made a slew of these cards for my kids to use as thank you notes for their graduation gifts… The best thing about this card is that it is a great way to use up left over pieces of designer paper!!  I used the Oh Hello set (c 130733) and oval collection framelits (129381)  with basic Whisper White card stock (100730).  I cut the oval with the framelits and my new Magnetic Platform on my Big Shot!! I have to say that the Magnetic platform (130658) is my favorite new toy!!  The framelits DO NOT move!! I stamped the arrow from the Oh Hello set in Bermuda Bay and then the Thanks so Much in Island Indigo over the arrow.  I sponged the side of the oval with the bermuda bay to add a little depth to the oval.  Then I layered the oval onto the card with dimensionals! Everyone’s favorite tool – you should all have dimensionals in your stash!!   And an update on my family!  Graduations are over and tennis season is over as well!  John starts his new job on Monday with Dresser-Rand as a project engineer.  So we have been busy packing up things and getting ready to have movers take the furniture that he wants to Colorado.  A great way for me to clean out some our old things!! Tennis season ended on a very positive note for Emily!  She hurt her knee this year and couldn’t finish the season playing singles which is her favorite position.  But she and her doubles partner won the only game in their final match at the State tournament!!  So a great way to end the year!  And she received the sportsmanship award for all of the work that she did for the team when she was benched due to her injury! That’s about it for now!  I am looking forward to spending some time playing with my new stamps and designer papers!   signature line-red          

Modern Medley Card

My box of new toys came today!  My first order from the new catalog. I used the Friendship Preserves Stamp set with the Modern Medley Designer paper.  This Designer paper is black and vanilla. I stamped the Hello from Friendship preserves in white ink and embossed it with white embossing powder.  I do wish that we still had satin ribbon.  This card needs a more formal ribbons so I used a piece of the black satin ribbon which I think really adds a nice detail to this card!   100_9368To achieve the “Framed” look, I cut the vanilla background layer a little smaller than the typical second layer on a card.  The vanilla is 5 1/8″ x 3 7/8″.   The inside black layer is 3 3/8″ x  4 5/8″ so a 1/2″ layer.   I think this paper is very elegant!   Enjoy!   Marilyn  

Father’s Day Card

This week challenge for the Late Night Stamper’s group is a Father’s Day card.  I actually didn’t design this card but it is one of my favorites!!  This card was designed by my downline and friend Michele LaCerda.  Michele is in my downline but is actually the person that taught me to stamp!!  She took me to my first SU party and then I just had sign up!!  I wanted everything and my husband said that I had to find a way to pay for my addiction!  LOL  Then after I joined SU, she decided to signup.  This July is actually her 10th anniversary as a demo!! Anyway – here is the card… 100_9171 copy The card base is going gray with the watch image from the Dapper Dad set stamped to create the background effect.  I love the way she used the bottle cap for the face of the watch.  The face of the watch is stamped in black and mounted onto the bottle cap.  Crystal effects is applied over the stamped image to give it the look of glass. A piece of metallic silver cards tock is embossed for the background. This is my favorite card for Father’s Day that I have seen so far. Great job Michele!  I will have to toot her horn since she doesn’t have a blog!   Enjoy!   signature line-red

the NEW Stamper’s Club for the New Catalog

I have decided to kick off a new Stamper’s Club format with the new Catalog!! For this New Club you do NOT need to be local to me!!  With the new hostess code that SU has implemented, anyone in the USA can enter an order as part of my club and receive complete directions for my monthly kit and the corresponding technique video for FREE!!  Many of you have purchased my card kits and know that I put together detailed instructions with color pictures for making the kits.  If a new technique is involved, I will be recording a technique video which you will have unlimited access to as well! So How does it Work?
  • You commit to ordering $30 in merchandise each month for 6 months.
  • Around the 10th of each month, I  will send a message with a club code which you use to enter your order for that month by the 15th of the month.
  • Once I have received notice of your order from SU, I will email you a link with the directions for the monthly projects.  This link will take you to a PDF file stored on my website and exclusive You Tube technique classes which are accessible to club members for FREE!
  • This is exclusive to you for being one of my Priority Customers!
  • At the end of your 6 month commitment, you are free to continue on a month to month basis and receive the same perks
  Benefits of Marilyn’s Stamper’s Club
  • Become one of my Priority Customers and Be the first to receive ALL Stampin’ Up! Catalogs and mini catalogs for FREE
  • Free set of step-by-step color project directions each month for projects exclusive to my priority customers (card kit directions are $4.95 and technique videos are $7.95)
  • Payment is made when your order is submitted and with the new club code – you do not have to wait for the whole Stamper’s Club order to close for your order to ship!!
  • Periodic surprise gifts from Me!!
Click here to join Marilyn’s Stamper’s Club today!  Orders are due the 15th of each month with the exception of your first month. So what are you waiting for??  Feel free to contact me with any questions at marilyn.sanclemente@comcast.net  or 978-458-0729.   signature line-red  

the New Catalog is Official!!

Yay!! 20130601_AC_en-US   The new Catalog is here today!!  I have new catalogs here at the house which you can pickup over the weekend if you haven’t received one yet!! So if you are one of those people that wants everything immediately, you can start placing orders today after 2pm our time!! I will be doing an order over the weekend with priority shipping – so if you can’t live without it, send me a message and I’ll include your order with  mine!! And for the month of June the following 3 sets are %25 off!! B1_Grab-Your-Greetings     1.  Sassy Salutations 2.  Petite pairs 3.  Sweet Essentials       And for the first time – you can still order retiring items until Mon. the 3rd! Retiring Stamp Sets Retiring Accessories   Have a great weekend!!   signature line-red  

Marilyn’s May Bundle – Artisan Embellishments

Sadly it is time to say good bye to the Spring catalog products.  This is the last week for the Spring Catalog and Current 2012-2013 Catalog… 100_9335blog ad   One of my favorite embellishments from the Spring mini catalog is the Artisan Embellishments.  So I challenged myself to make a set of cards using the Artisan Embellishments kit.    These cards have a definite vintage look with the beautiful lace that is included in this kit.    They would be perfect for a wedding card or anniversary card!  In fact, I gave one to a neighbor that got engaged last week and she loved it! What does this mean for you?? I have prepared a full set of color instructions for these gorgeous vintage cards.  If you purchase $25 in SU product from my website before May 31st, I will send you the full detailed instructions for these 5 cards!  NOTE:  3 Cards are pictured but there are 5 cards in the set! may special-001adI have put together the items that you need to make these cards.   You can place an order on my website here.  I have setup a hostess code for this order.   I love this new feature!  When you get to the last page of the order, enter this code PJXJFU4B  Your order gets processed from the point that you close your order but the order total goes into a party so one lucky person will receive the hostess benefits!! And don’t forget about the stamp sets and beautiful card stock colors that are retiring from the Catalog this week!  Last chance to purchase these sets!  You can see the list here.   Happy Stampin’!

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Update on the SanClemente Family

If you have been following my blog, then you know that I have been really busy with graduations this spring and that I haven’t had the time to play with my new catalog toys as I would have liked…  So instead of cards with new ideas, I’ll post some family shots.  This is what I have been doing with my week off from my business! First, our son John, graduated from Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY on May 11th with a BS in Mechanical Engineering.   Here are a few pictures from the day.  It had been in the 80’s every day the week of their Senior week.  So John had fun playing golf and hanging out with his friends the week.  Of course I pack for 80 degree weather with some shorts, one pair of jeans and a sleeveless dress.  I did throw a sweater in my bag at the last minute.  So we show up on Friday afternoon and the temperature drops and the clouds come in.  Fortunately graduation was inside but the post-graduation reception was outside and was cold and very windy…   DSC_6063eweb       This is John with our daughter Emily (who is graduating from high school 8 days later!) This photo is all of us outside in the cold.  My husband Dave, John, Emily and me. DSC_6070web           After John’s graduation we went back to his Fraternity house and had a great time meeting some of the other parents of his friends.  Then Sunday was the bittersweet process of packing all of John’s things from 4 years of college into our two cars…  How can 4 years have gone so fast??   The next week was all of the Senior activities and award ceremonies for our Daughter Emily’s graduation from the Academy of Notre Dame in Tyngsboro, MA…  This first picture is the award ceremony on Thursday night. awards-NDAweb Emily is a Math and Science girl.  She also has a natural aptitude for computer science and received an award from the Computer Science teacher.   Since NDA is an all girls high school, they wear a white gown with a ring of roses in their hair for graduation rather than the traditional graduation gowns. Egradedweb The girls looked beautiful walking down the front steps of the school in their white gowns!   j&e-web                 Our two grads together!!  Then time to go home and celebrate!!  Fortunately the rain held off during graduation and then the skys opened up when we got home.  So we ended up with a make shift tarp over the deck on the back of the house to accommodate our cookout plans.   The day ended with a great celebration with family and friends!   What an insane week! Needless to say, I slept all day Monday and Tuesday!